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Swing Analysis: Scott Langley

This is a young lefty with a great future. His swing demonstrates many of the movements and positions that I prefer, which is, of course, why I like it so much. His left arm movement in the takeaway is right out of Hogan, and his lower body movement and sidearm throwing action is both graceful and athletic. He produces a lot of power out of a relatively short swing, which bodes well for his overall consistency, and his shot-making ability was on full display the last round at Innisbrook, when he hit a couple of the best punch shots you will ever see. He does tend to set up a bit toward his heels and then move forward toward the […]

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Pitching Techniques of the Tour Pros

Over time I have compiled quite a number of pitch shots by various Tour pros so I thought it would be interesting to go over some of these and discuss the different techniques they utilize. The two most common shots are the “leading edge” pitch, and the “using the bounce” pitch. As you will see, the leading edge pitch refers to a shot struck with the hands well ahead of the clubhead and the shaft leaning forward at impact. Most of the time the impact position is previewed at address by leaning the weight forward and the hands forward prior to the takeaway. Good examples shown here are Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel. I prefer to hit the majority of […]

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Swing Analysis: Kevin Na

This swing utilizes almost all the preferences I have come up with over time, which makes it, in my opinion, one of the best swings on the Tour. About the only thing I would change or work on would be the backing up of the head, but that is probably something that he has done since he was a kid. My guess is that he would see that as something to get better at and probably spends some time on fixing it, then leaves it alone when it comes to playing. Other than that, you see just about everything performed like a model swing, from the on plane takeaway to the gorgeous wrist and arm position at the top, excellent […]

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Online Students: Andrew Paul

Here is the email Andrew sent with his swings.   In 23 yrs. of golf (I’m 53, 6′-4″, 220 lbs., and marginally athletic) could never maintain a steady head. It would always come up and back. Been focusing on lowering it with the right hip going back and it worked thanks to your teaching on the web site. I would like to achieve three things. 1. Body opening up more through impact. 2. Hands not so “flippy” through the hitting area. 3. Finish with weight all the way forward with my right foot straight up on my toes. Seeing my head lower in the backswing still amazes me. Thanks, Andrew Paul   As you will see, Andrew has an excellent […]

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Online Students: Thomas Delaney

This is the email I got from Thomas’ dad Eddie in answer to my request for some background information. In my first look at the swings I saw a nice, strong motion with a good instinct for hip movement and shaft plane approach. As you will read below Eddie picked up on the lack of lateral movement and his description of Thomas as “laid off” is something I would attribute to the “pinched” left arm In the backswing, which causes him to roll his right arm up to get around the restriction on the left shoulder. This further leads to Thomas’ hands dropping straight down in transition and his upper left arm getting trapped behind him. It may be that […]

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Tour Pros Demonstrate Wayne D. Bunker Techniques

In this video I use some swings taken from Tour events showing various players hitting bunker shots while utilizing the techniques that I regularly teach. Of course, not every player does it this way, but enough do (as do I) and I have found that I can get even the most damaged bunker victims to hit passable bunker shots and have a plan for approaching the shot that gives them a chance to repeat that success on the course.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Swing Analysis: Jimmy Walker

Walker has won 3 times already in the Tour’s wraparound season, which is scary considering that his swing has a lot of room to improve. He is a tall, lanky guy with a big arc and he hits the ball a mile, averaging over 300 yards off the tee, but at the same time he is one of the least accurate drivers on Tour, hitting less than 50 % of his fairways. He makes up for this fact by hitting over 70 % of his greens (which means that his misses off the tee are not particularly wild) and by being a fantastic putter (one of the best on the Tour).   As far as swing mechanics go Walker has […]

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Lesson of the Week: DeWayne Keith

DeWayne is an avid player who makes a nice living caddying and working at the Old Marsh Club in Florida in the winter, and at Hudson National Golf Club in New York in the summer. He would like to get back into playing competitively, but up to now has not been satisfied with the way he is striking the ball. He has watched the website quite a bit and is friendly with recent student and mini-tour player Nick Antonelli, so he decided to make a visit.   A couple of things that struck me right away as I watched him hit a few were the overall slow tempo of the backswing and the lack of “catch” in transition. Instead of […]

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Swing Analysis: Patrick Reed

This is a hugely interesting swing to say the least. Reed is playing some awesome golf and has proclaimed himself a “top 5 player” in the world. I would suggest that he wait until he is actually ranked in the top 5, but you can’t fault him for a lack of confidence. He is certainly not intimidated by any circumstance, at least so far (will be fun to watch him in the majors), which was evidenced when he wore black and red on Sunday and warmed up right beside Tiger.   Reed’s action is anything but classic with his feet moving all over the place on his harder swings and his release action entirely counter to the modern notion of […]

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Lesson of the Week: Bruce Gross Part 3

I’ve had quite a few people suggest that I post more of the hands on work I do with students, so here I include a segment of me trying to get Bruce to feel the timing, amount, and direction of the lower body movement and how his arms should not only trail but aim themselves to approach from more across his body. The instinct to hit at the ball with the upper body moving in front of the lower causing the club to approach from out to in was evident in Bruce’s first batch of swings, but that was to be expected given that he had no wrist cock and no lateral leg movement to shift his weight. Now that […]

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